Poet In Da Corner

31 Mar - 04 Apr
Poet In Da Corner 31 Mar - 04 Apr
Tuesday 31st March
Wednesday 1st April
Thursday 2nd April
Friday 3rd April
Saturday 4th April
Saturday 4th April

Royal Court Theatre presents

Poet in Da Corner


A coming of age story inspired by Dizzee Rascal’s seminal album.

In a strict Mormon household somewhere in the seam between East London and Essex, a girl is given Dizzee Rascal’s ground-breaking grime album Boy in da Corner by her best friend SS Vyper.

Precisely 57 minutes and 21 seconds later, her life begins to change – from feeling muted by dyslexia to spitting the power of her words; from being conflicted about her sexuality to finding the freedom to explore; from feeling alone to being given the greatest gift by her closest friend.

Step into a technicolour world where music, dance and spoken word collide, and discover how grime allowed Debris Stevenson to redefine herself.

Poet in da Corner features grime MC Jammz as SS Vyper, and is directed by Royal Court Associate Ola Ince.

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“One of the most exciting things I’ve seen all year and marks out writer/performer/lyricist/dancer Debris Stevenson as one of the brightest emerging talents around. It is, in short, the real deal” Evening Standard | Fiona Mountford Read full review

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“Thrilling… Words blaze the stage and Stevenson appears like the Kate Tempest of grime”

The Guardian | Arifa Akbar  Read full review

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“An inspiring, thoroughly enjoyable evening full of possibilities for where Stevenson — and theatre itself — might go next”

The Times | Dominic Maxwell Read full review

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“Debris Stevenson’s show is totally, boldly different from anything else”

Time Out | Alice Saville Read full review

Originally co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and the Royal Court Theatre in 2018, supported by Jerwood Arts.
Hackney Empire

£35 – £10  (plus £1.15 per ticket online, £1.35 per ticket over the phone)


Running time: 1 hour and 20 minutes

For a taste of the music from the show 

  • Post-show talk on Thurs 2 Apr with Debris Stevenson and company members (available to ticket holders for that performance)
  • Relaxed environment on Sat 4 Apr matinee performance.  At our relaxed environment performances, you can expect: A relaxed attitude to noise in the auditorium; you are welcome to respond to the show in whatever way feels natural. To freely enter and exit the auditorium when needed. Enhanced pre-show notes & touch tour:  (Touch tour 1pm) available to ticket holders for that performance – call the box office to book the touch tour )


Debris StevensonWriter & Performer
JammzFeature Writer /Performer
Ola InceDirector
Stacy AbalogunPerformer
Kirubel BelayPerformer
Michael 'Mikey J' AsanteMusic Director/Lead Composer
Jacob Hughes Designer
Anna WatsonLighting Designer
Tony GayleSound Designer
Aaron SillisChoreography by

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